Friday

Naperville VFW All You Can Eat Fish Fry open to the public – 4:30PM | Adults $12, seniors $10, children $7, age 3 and under FREE!
Judd-Kendall VFW – 908 W Jackson Naperville, IL 60540
Naperville VFW All You Can Eat Fish Fry open to the public every Friday March 1 through April 19 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM from at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W Jackson Ave, Naperville. The buffet menu varies but there will be two kinds of fish, chicken, salad, vegetables, (8 hot items) plus rolls, desert and coffee all included. Buffet by Belgios Catering. Full menu is available at www.napervfw3873.org. Full bar available. Adults $12, seniors $10, children $7, age 3 and under FREE. Event phone number (630) 420-9820.

Saturday

Kiwanis Pancake Festival Fundraiser – 7AM | $8-$10. Tickets online, and at Casey’s , Oswalds. 
Naperville Central High School Cafeteria – 440 Aurora Avenue, naperville, IL 60540
All-you-can eat pancake and sausage breakfast, Craftsman Two Brothers coffee, cash and prize raffles, children’s area activities, and music by local high school bands. Emcee Steve Hyett will keep the program moving right along. 100 percent of proceeds donated to local charities and Loaves & Fishes. Enjoy good old-fashioned fun while supporting community services. Preschool children free admission. Free parking in NCHS school lots (Aurora Avenue and West Street & Hillside Road. Tickets and information at bit.ly/kiwanispancake.

St. Paddy’s 5K Run – 8AM | $25-$40
Downtown Naperville – Race start at Centennial Beach and runs through parade route
The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, in cooperation with West Suburban Irish, is hosting the 9th annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K race, run, or walk through downtown Naperville. Participation in this event is a great way to join in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide health-related services to those in need. Registration is available to 3000 entrants. Race day registration available. Register at www.stpaddysday5k.org.

Saturday Specials at Casey’ Foods – 8AM | $2 / Pound
Naperville Plaza – Washington at Gartner 60540
Casey’s Quality Meat and Gourmet Deli! Today until 7PM. Casey’s Leg of Lamb Butterflied  only $11.98/lb. *Seasoned or Unseasoned* and Casey’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts  only $5.99/lb. * While Supplies Last! *

Craft Fair – 9AM | $2
Waubonsie Velley High School – 2590 Ogden Ave. Aurora, IL 60504
A craft fair to benefit the Waubonsie Valley High School Band will be held Saturday, March 16 from 9AM-3M at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave. in Aurora. More than 70 vendors offering handcrafts, as well as vendors of specialty products will offer unique gifts, accessories, apparel, and specialty food. Raffle drawings will be held too. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children (ages 5+) and free for children under 5. For more information contact wvbandcraftfair@gmail.com.

West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 10AM
Downtown Naperville
The West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family event enjoyed by all ages that celebrates Irish heritage and culture. The parade attracts over 3,000 participants and more than 15,000 spectators.

Allen Lynch – ‘Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior’ – 2PM | Free
Andersons Bookshop – 123 West Jefferson Ave Naperville, IL 60540
This is the life story of Allen Lynch in his own words – an American hero who is now one of only 72 living Medal of Honor recipients. This is the story of a happy boy growing up in Chicagoland’s South Side industrial neighborhoods. His early happiness was almost eradicated by several years of intense bullying, though he found ways to overcome that experience. This is the story of an aimless young man whose prospects of following in his father’s foot-steps as a blue-collar tradesman were cut short by the Vietnam War and by his personal search for something.

Naperville Scouts BSA Troops 510s’ Pasta Dinner Fundraiser – 6PM | $8-$12. $12/adult; $8/child (11 and younger); free for children 2 and under.
St. Raphael Catholic Church – 1215 Modaff Rd. Naperville, IL 60564
Join Troops 510 at their 2nd annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, March 16th from 6- 8:30PM. Dinner includes pasta with 2 meatballs, Italian bread, salad, homemade desserts, and beverage. Tickets are $12/adult and $8/child (11 and younger). Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the door. To purchase in advance, contact Andrea Welch at andreawelch127@gmail.com or 630.780.7891. Proceeds benefit Troop 510 for boys and Troop 510 for girls (Linked Troops).

Sunday 

The Producers – 1PM and 5:30PM | $36-$69
Paramount Theatre – 23 E Galena Blvd Aurora, IL 60506
Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, hes now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison. The Producers is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Now showing Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, tickets at paramountaurora.com.

Think green! West Suburban Irish collectible scarfs are $5 and plaid this year. (PN File Photo)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Live Music at Quigley’s – Noon 12PM
Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Naperville, IL 60540
Visit Quigley’s for live music most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights… and always on St. Patrick’s Day.  A $5 cover charge will be in place beginning at 12:30PM both March 16 and March 17.  Only ages 21-plus will be admitted after 4PM on Sat. March 16, and all day on March 17.  Other restrictions may apply at select times during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Celebrate safely!

Save room for Naperville restaurants all year long

With more than 300 eateries throughout Naperville at destinations north, east, west and south, one surely will whet your appetite. Find the complete listing at www.dinenaperville.com and be prepared for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner every day in 2019. 

Always find a warm welcome at Meson Sabika, located at 1025 Aurora Ave., where Sunday brunch is another specialty and the Pavilion of Meson Sabika is right next door.

Plus, Naperville’s array of choices such as Meson Sabika also create many venues for meetings, bridal and baby showers, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, neighbor get-togethers and just about whatever reason you can imagine.

In fact, this week and through Election Day on April 2, local restaurants have created the place to be for many candidate “Meet & Greet” events and Election Night parties.

Also keep in mind that in addition to fast food establishments, even many of the popular full-service restaurants in Naperville offer take-out. Just ask.

Hospitality shows in Naperville

And here are a couple factoids for everyone who appreciates the local hospitality industry… Last week PN was notified that Naperville was recognized by Digital Third Coast as one of the best markets for risk-taking restaurateurs to open a restaurant, ranking No. 39 in the top 50 of the 236 cities selected for the survey across the U.S. 

In a related note, Hotel Arista Hotel and Arista Spa & Salon at CityGate Centre retain Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for the sixth consecutive year.

Think Dinner & the Show… Or Showdown…

Loaves & Fishes Community Services President/CEO Mike Havala welcomed guests to the 2018 Chef Showdown between Catch 35 and Hugo’s Frog Bar.

Click here to check out the 2018 Photo Gallery with dozens of pictures showcasing the fun, food and antics from the inaugural Chef Showdown that featured Catch 35 and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House vying for bragging rights and the big trophy in a finish almost too close to call, some observers said.

The 2nd Chef Showdown hosted by Loaves & Fishes Community Services is set for 6PM to 9PM Wed., April 17, at Loaves & Fishes. This year’s cooking competition and fundraiser ($100 per person) will feature Chef Mark Grimes from Che Figata, located in CityGate Centre, and Chef Crispin Plata from Meson Sabika, located at 1025 Aurora Ave. Emcee Ray Kinney returns with the play-by-play from start to finish. 

Bon appetite every day! Local dining matters!